Columbus Day, which falls on the second Monday of October, is one of 10 federal holidays recognized by the U.S. government. This year, it falls on Oct. 14. The day commemorates the arrival of Christopher Columbus to North America in October 1492. Many also see it as a time to celebrate Italian heritage. Columbus Day was first recognized as a U.S. federal holiday in the 1930s, but some states — Alaska, Hawaii and South Dakota — do not observe the holiday, which is widely controversial because of Columbus’ treatment of indigenous people.Columbus Day: Celebrating cultural heritage, or the colonization of Native Americans?South Dakota instead celebrates Native American Day and Hawaii celebrates Discoverers’ Day. Other states and over 100 cities have replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day.Here’s what businesses will be open or closed on MondayBanks: Most banks, including Federal Reserve Banks, Bank of America, Wells Fargo and PNC Bank, will be closed. TD Bank will remain open on Monday. Mail services: The United States Postal Service will not deliver mail on Monday. However, UPS does not observe Columbus Day and locations will be open. And, UPS will pick up and deliver packages as normal. FedEx will be operational, with the exception of modified service for FedEx Express and FedEx SmartPost.Schools: Many schools will be closed on Columbus Day, but some districts, including the School Districts in Florida, do not observe the holiday and will remain open. Libraries: Most public libraries, including the New York Public Library, will be closed on Columbus Day. Stock markets: The New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq will remain open.
Orlando police say a woman is facing murder charges after allegedly zipping up her boyfriend inside a suitcase.On Monday police responded to a phone call reporting a man, Jorge Torres, 42, dead.42-year-old Sarah Boone told police she put Torress in a suitcase during a game of hide-and-seek.Boone said they were drinking alcohol, and she passed out in her bed while he was still in the suitcase.Investigators searched her phone and found videos showing Torres yelling from inside the suitcase saying he couldn’t breathe. Boone can be heard laughing and saying, “that’s what I feel like when you cheat on me” and yelling obscenities.She is facing second-degree murder charges.Arrested: Sarah Boone, 42, for Second Degree Murder in the death of 42-year-old Jorge Torres Jr., who died after Boone zipped him into a suitcase, and didn’t return for hours. pic.twitter.com/JCHWG7WNkp— Orange County Sheriff’s Office (@OrangeCoSheriff) February 26, 2020
An 18-year-old biracial Wisconsin woman says a group of white men set her on fire while she was driving.According to a police report, Althea Bernstein, studying to become a paramedic, was attacked while driving in downtown Madison early Wednesday morning. A crowd of 200 to 300 protesters had pulled down two statues outside the state Capitol building and attacked state Sen. Tim Carpenter on the Capitol lawn. Someone also threw a fire bomb into a city-county building, starting a fire.Bernstein said she was not attending the protests, but she had her window down while stopped at a red light and heard someone yell out a racial slur at her.She said four white men appeared — two dressed in black and two in Hawaiian shirts — and sprayed her with lighter fluid. One allegedly tossed a flaming lighter at her, setting her neck and face on fire. She said she “blasted” through the red light, patted the fire out and continued to drive to her brother’s home. She later visited an emergency room, where she said health care workers had to scrub her skin off. She said she will eventually need plastic surgery.Althea Bernstein told ABC’s “Good Morning America” for a Friday segment that she hasn’t slept and doesn’t have an appetite. But she called the attack in the state’s capital city of Madison a “learning opportunity” for her attackers.“I’m very, very hopeful that these men sort of see all the responses and that they know that they hurt me and that this is something that’s going to affect me for a while,” she said. “And I really hope that they choose to improve themselves.”Bernstein also said “I never really knew someone could hate you just by looking at you,”…”They didn’t know me. I didn’t know them. I was just driving my car and minding my own business.”Investigators are currently investigating the attack as a hate crime with assistance from the FBI, Madison Police spokesman Joel DeSpain said.
(Miami, FL) — A coronavirus outbreak on the Miami Marlins is forcing the cancelation of the team’s home opener tonight.ESPN reports there are now at least 14 cases of the virus on the team. The Marlins were scheduled to fly home and play two games against the Baltimore Orioles.The Marlins are still in Philadelphia after opening their season against the Phillies.
22 Jun 2012 Four new caps in England girls’ team Four new caps are named in the England Golf team which will defend the title at the Girls’ Home Internationals at Radyr Golf Club, Wales, from 7-9 August. They are Gabriella Cowley of Essex, Amber Ratcliffe of Norfolk, Shelby Smart of Gloucestershire (Image © Leaderboard Photography) and Olivia Winning of Yorkshire. They will join four established internationals: Georgia Hall of Dorset, Meghan MacLaren of Northamptonshire, Elizabeth Mallet of Warwickshire and Brogan Townend of Lancashire These players were all members of last year’s successful team which won the tournament for the fourth year in a row. The team reserves are Sophie Keech of Dorset and Bethan Popel of Gloucestershire. The players: Gabriella Cowley, 16 (West Essex) is the English girls’ U15 champion and the winner of the Scottish U16 open strokeplay title. She was also in the mixed winning Nations Cup team at the Fairhaven Trophy. Georgia Hall, 16, (Remedy Oak) was the runner-up in the 2012 English amateur championship, a reserve for the Curtis Cup team and is a full England international. She has won three top scratch events this season. Meghan MacLaren, 18, (Wellingborough) won the U18 Cartier Trophy at the French lady junior championship and was the leading English player in last season’s British strokeplay championship, finishing in third place. She is a past winner of the English schools’ championship. Elizabeth Mallett, 17, (Sutton Coldfield Ladies’) set a new course record when she won this season’s Whittington Trophy, one of the leading scratch events. Elizabeth is a past winner of the English girls’ championship, the English U15 title and has been runner-up in the British girls’ championship. Amber Ratcliffe,16, (Royal Cromer) has twice been English U16 schools’ champion and last year won the girls’ title at the Fairhaven Trophies. She represented GB&I in the inaugural junior Vagliano Trophy match, which also included Georgia Hall. Shelby Smart, 17, (Knowle) was an early pace setter at the English amateur championship where she finished 14th. She is the Gloucestershire champion, having won the title three times in four years, and has helped her team to reach County Finals. She’s a past winner of the South West schools’ championship. Brogan Townend, 18, (Pleasington) is the Faldo Series girls champion and has previously won the U16 title. She has helped Lancashire to reach the 2012 County Finals and has been runner-up in the Northern ladies’ championship. Olivia Winning, 17, (Rotherham) represented England in last year’s European Young Masters and was fifth in the 2011 English girls’ championship. She was runner-up at this season’s Fairhaven Trophies where she set a course record Sophie Keech, 16, (Lyme Regis) won the 2011 English schools’ championship and has twice been the Dorset champion. She was in England’s squad for the Scottish U16 championship. Bethan Popel, 16, (Long Ashton) won the 2011 North of England U16 title and the South-West women’s championship. She is in the Gloucestershire team which has reached County Finals.
4 Jul 2013 Four English amateurs join the superstars at Muirfield Four English amateurs will parade their skills alongside the cream of the professional game in the Open Championship at Muirfield in a couple of weeks following superb performances in Wednesday’s Final Qualifying. At Gullane No1, England international Ben Stow (Rushmore, Wiltshire) led the way with round of 72 and 68, while boy cap Matthew Fitzpatrick (Hallamshire, Yorkshire) was tied second a shot further back after signing for 69 and 72. Only the leading three qualified. Meanwhile, at North Berwick, where only three again qualified, Jimmy Mullen (Royal North Devon) produced two 68s to top the leaderboard on 136, six under par. It’s been quite a week for the 19 year old from Bideford. He finished tied third in the Brabazon Trophy at Formby on Saturday, his closing 71 containing a hole-in-one with an eight-iron at the 139-yard 16thhole. In another qualifying event at The Musselburgh, William Bowe (Workington, Cumbria) finished fourth with a pair of 69s and missed qualifying by two strokes, while England international Callum Shinkwin (Moor Park, Hertfordshire) also missed by two at Dunbar after finishing equal eighth with rounds of 68 and 67. The fourth amateur on the start sheet at Muirfield will be Garrick Porteous (Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland), who qualified automatically as Amateur champion. He won the title at Royal Cinque Ports in Kent 12 days ago, beating Finland’s Toni Hakula 6 and 5 in the 36-hole final. Photo Caption: Ben Stow. Image copyright Leaderboard Photography
Leicestershire’s Helen Lowe staged a superb fightback to become the new English senior women’s amateur champion at Woodall Spa.She’d been trailing Julie Brown – the defending champion – since the turn and was three down after 14 holes of the final. But then she turned the tide. She produced a pair of birdies to launch a charge and won four holes in a row to snatch victory on the 18th.“That was when I started pinching myself and thinking ‘Is it really me that has done this?’ It’s absolutely fantastic, I couldn’t happier,” she said.Lowe (image © Leaderboard Photography), who has twice been the Leicestershire county champion, was playing in this event for only the second time. On her debut last year she qualified for the second flight match play; this time she played her way comfortably into the championship match play and proceeded to despatch a series of high quality opponents.First to fall was former champion Caroline Berry (Bromborough), followed by international Lulu Housman (Highgate) and then, in the semi-final, the number two seed Lindsey Shaw (Chevin).The final brought her up against Staffordshire’s Brown, who was not only the defending champion, but also the top seed and an international who last year helped England become European and Home International champions.The first few holes were closely contested, but Lowe (Scraptoft) hit a wobble in the middle, lost her putting touch for a few holes and was three down after 14. But then her feel on the greens returned and she started an unbeatable charge, with birdies on the 15th and 16th, followed by a solid par on 17 to get back to all square.On the 18th Lowe’s birdie putt stayed out, but finished stone dead, while Brown (Trentham) missed a three-foot par putt to keep the match alive.The title belonged to Lowe and she said: “It’s been great, senior golf has opened up a whole new world.” As well as playing in England events, she also finished sixth in last year’s British senior championships.The Flight Two matchplay was won by Debbie Warren (King’s Norton) on her debut appearance in this event, beating former international Roz Adams (Royal Blackheath) by 5/3 in the final.“It was a really good match,” said Warren, who has been Staffordshire county champion three times. “It was nip and tuck at the beginning, and Roz holed some very good putts, but over the last five or six holes I went up a gear.“My long game was fantastic and I hit some iron shots close and had a couple of birdies.”On her way to the final Warren defeated past senior champion Sue Dye (Delamere Forest), Airlie Dyson (Batchworth Park), and former British senior champion Katherine Russell (Royal Ashdown Forest).“I played really good golf over the two days and I’m certainly level par for the four rounds, or under par,” said Warren.She described the match play rounds as a “fresh start” after the two days of stroke play qualifying, played in brutal conditions of strong winds and rain.Click here for full scores 8 May 2015 Helen charges back to win English senior title
6 Oct 2016 Lancashire win English senior crown Lancashire are the new English Senior Men’s County Champions – regaining their crown in a thrilling finale at Chipping Sodbury Golf Club in Gloucestershire.They beat defending champions BB&O (Bucks, Berks & Oxon) 6-3 in today’s title decider, but the scoreline sounds much more comfortable than the reality.Lancashire, who also won in 2014, got ahead early on by winning the morning foursomes 2-1. But BB&O made them fight every inch of the way in the singles, with five of the six games going to the 18th – and the sixth decided on the 17th.“It was unbelievable,” said team manager Mike Gray. “They are just a great set of guys, a wonderful team. This was a fantastic game between two good teams.”Both teams fielded an international player in the top singles with Ian Crowther representing Lancashire and David Niven leading the BB&O challenge. Their battle was typical of the afternoon’s play: close and hard fought with Crowther edging one up on the 17th, which he won with a superb up and down from behind the green.But on the 18th, Niven won the hole with a par which included a penalty drop and a holed 25-footer. Crowther described it as the five of the century and said the halved match was “a fair result overall.”Next was the fiercely contested game of Lancashire’s Trevor Foster and BB&O’s David Cromie. Foster was dormie two up but lost the 17th to a textbook par, before halving the 18th in par for his point. “It was unbelievable,” he said. “It was as good a match as I have ever had. In the first 12 holes David holed everything, I felt I was playing so well and he just kept coming back and back at me. It was a fantastic game of golf.”His win meant Lancashire had 3.5 points and needed just one more to secure at least a halved result today and an overall victory, thanks to a slender advantage from their previous two matches. They had to wait a while when BB&O’s Tim Whittaker came back from four down after eight to win on the last.But Andrew Westwell’s fighting finish took Lancashire over the line when he won 16, 17 and holed a testing downhill 3ft putt to halve the 18th for a one-up result.Westwell, who is playing at County Finals for the first time, left the last green in tears after the emotion of the occasion overcame him. But he paid tribute to his ‘brilliant’ caddy and team-mate Robert Fox.Alan Gillespie added another point to the Lancashire tally when he beat BB&O captain Ashley Brewer 2/1 and the scoreline was completed when Tony Holt halved his game with BB&O’s George Best Wilson.Brewer said afterwards; “We gave them a run for their money and it was a close battle, but the right team won. Lancashire are very, very strong and congratulations to them, they deserved to win on the day. But we will be doing our best to try and relieve them of the trophy next year!”In the play-off for third place Devon overcame Worcestershire 5-4. The South West team also led 2-1 after the foursomes and completed the win with successes from Tim Aggett, Tony Allsopp and Rick Pillow.Team manager Jon Gynne was in charge for the last time and he was delighted to finish on a high. “The success is in getting here,” he said. “Then, you know you are going to come up against top players and you do as well as you can. We have done that and so I can’t ask for any more.”Click here for full scoresLancashire image copyright Leaderboard Photography
Here are some things that daze and amaze me. Aren’t you amazed that the Pittsburgh Public Schools lowered the G.P.A for athletic participation when the levels of academic achievement are already appalling, atrocious, mind boggling, and all of the other definitions of negativity that we can think of. We can’t blame John Thompson or Mark Roosevelt for this garbage pickin’ academic achievement plan. They should have hired a surgeon instead of a new superintendent to stop the internal bleeding and the fiscal, social, and educational bloodletting that our student-athletes are experiencing. Forget about a syllabus, what they are creating is a “sillybus.” Busing kids all around the freakin’ city for what? Just to create the illusion that they are being educated.Hey, you can’t blame athletic director Mike Gavlik for this nonsense of an education plan. Now the WPIAL will have some real live “blocking dummies” to practice on while getting “their” student athletes ready to earn scholarships to attend some of most illustrious institutions of higher learning in the US. All our kids have is the “Pittsburgh Promise” which basically will have a surplus of funding for the next couple of decades or so because most of our “great athletes” possibly will not even be equipped to pass their SATs to even get into college, well except the college that I attended and truly love, CCAC (Community College of Allegheny County). Going to CCAC is fine but future student athletes will be held to standards of pseudo and diluted achievement or in this case being told that you don’t have to be smart but you can play anyway and there is no penalty for non-achievement. The best reward for failure is hey, more failure. The thing that stands out to me is that parents will make it over to Cupples Stadium or the individual schools to see their children compete, yet will not get up off of their “rusty dusty’s” at home to demand that homework assignments be completed or mosey on up to the schools demanding excellence and achievement for their children. It is not “kosher” seeing Dick and Jane run as a part of the course catalog for our seniors. Are you amazed or dazed?The city of Canton, Ohio not only has to be amazed and dazed, they have to be flat out K’Od in regards to the NFL Hall-of-Fame game being cancelled for 2011. The entire population of Canton is almost directly or indirectly connected with the yearly NFL “spectacle.” Although only an exhibition, it is one of the few events that endear all of us to the game of American professional football. Over five years ago I wrote a column titled; ‘Christmas in Canton’ where I talked about the social and economic impact that one event has on the population of Canton annually. When you look at New York in November, you generally think of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day mega parade. In December it’s the Mt. Everest-like Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center or ‘Junkanoo’ if you have ever lived or traveled in the Bahamas. When one thinks of the beginning of the yearly football wars, Canton always springs to the front of my mind.Robert Wang of CantonRep.com wrote a prophetic article titled; Hall of Fame means money, jobs for county on Aug 02, 2010. In it he says; “The city of Cleveland lost one of its greatest economic assets: LeBron James. The impact is estimated to be losses in the tens to hundreds of millions of dollars for the region. Now, on top of the demise here of several thousand local manufacturing jobs during the last decade, imagine what the economic damage might be if Stark County were without its crown jewel: The Pro Football Hall of Fame. Roughly 200,000 people a year who go through the Hall of Fame’s turnstiles would not be visiting the county and spending money at local hotels, restaurants and shops. Without the annual Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival, Stark County would have a million fewer visitors per year, and at least $27 million less would be spent locally during late July and early August. Without the Hall and the Festival, Stark County would offer roughly 300 fewer full-time jobs, according to a 2005 study.See lads and lassies, the NFL and the NFLPA are playing a serious “game” with the lives of common folk. People are running across the “economic” middle with no helmets leaping up to catch errantly thrown “paychecks” with no protection and with the telephone number of the local unemployment office stitched across the back of their “uniforms.” There will be no “unnecessary” roughness calls against the NFL powers-that-be or the NFLPA because with “real” jobs there is no “instant replay” and as we all know in the “real” workplace, only the strong survive.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: email@example.com or 412-583-6741.)
by Malik VincentThe doormat in front of Perry’s locker room doesn’t say ‘home sweet some’, though it should.Perry (2-0, 2-2) has won its two games within the league, despite two losses to nonconference North Hills and Fort Hill, MD. The latest was 14-12 survival of North Side foe Oliver at Cupples Stadium on Sept. 23.It could be the last regular season game between the two, as the Pittsburgh Board of Education is slated to close the school (Oliver) at the end of this school year.“It’s always a great North Side rivalry,” Perry coach Bill Gallagher said. “The (tight margin of victory) is what we expected.”Oliver (0-3, 0-4) opened the scoring with a 14-yard touchdown run by LeAndre Harrison in the first quarter.The Commodores evened things up with a touchdown pass of yards from Darelle Carson to Daron Clark in the second. The teams took a 6-6 tie into the half.Perry would go ahead 14-6 in the third on a 14 yard run by Robert Willie. Perry would tack-on a two point conversion on a pass from Carson to Deacon Blackwell. But the city’s defending champs would experience a scare when Oliver scored on a rush from 3 yards out by Joquet Foster. The two-point conversion to tie the game was a fade route that was broken up by Perry defenders in the corner of the endzone.“It’s a big thing for those guys on the North Side,” said former Perry three-year starter Greg McGhee. “The Oliver/Perry game is what they talk about all year. It’s a very competitive game that’s very important in the community for the two schools to be able to have those bragging rights until that next year. It’s sad that rivalry may be no longer.”USO (University Prep, Sci-Tech, and Obama) 36, Langley 0The first two wins in program history are both shutouts as the USO defense forced Langley to turn the ball over four times.Senior quarterback Dante Forte completed 9 of 15 passed for 193 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. He also had two on the ground.Myles Catlin opened the scoring for USO with an 18-yard touchdown run and then added a score through the air from 16 away from Forte in the second quarter.“We’re finally getting on track,” USO coach Lou Berry said. “We’re getting things in place so that we can be successful this season. We have some challenges coming in the next couple of weeks, but we’re looking forward to them and getting prepared.”Forte’s other touchdown strike came in the third when he found Chazz Daniels who took it 45 yards to the end zone to give USO a 26-0 lead.In addition to his 1-yard run in the first quarter, his second came from the same distance in the third.“We had high expectations for Dante coming into the season,” Berry added. “He has experience. He was a three-year starter at Peabody. He has a knack for the big play and we’re looking forward to leading our team throughout the course of the season.”Other games:Allderdice dropped a 27-9 decision to nonconference Fort Hill, MD and Westinghouse evened their record to 2-2 on the season with a 31-0 loss to Brashear, just a week after crushing Carrick, 36-0, in their City League opener.(Follow our continuing coverage of the City League and add your comments to our website at newpittsburghcourier.com. Malik Vincent can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.)